The beautiful Joanna seems to have stolen the show at Ascot in her black Pearls & Swine giant cherries and tattoos…. she got everyone talking, here she is on the front page of The Daily Mail. Sadly these cherries are now sold out but i have more cherries on my site: www.pearlsandswine.co.uk
So much has happened in the last couple weeks!!!
SHOOTS featuring Pearls & Swine:
The rather marvelous Netherlands photographer Peter Kemp shot some Pearls & Swine. A dream come true for me as i have loved his work for years but never dreamed i would be this lucky :) !!
BIG thanks to the rather DIVINE stylist Vivian Kramer Gezegd Freher of http:// www.slightly-sarcastic.nl/
Miss Malone in Pearls & Swine cherries:
Abyss shot by Rei Bennet:
Chloe Bowman shoot
Pasties for Venice Pearl
Latest BLOGS on Pearls & Swine:
Pearls & Swine is in the Etsy newsletter again… Those cherries are getting SO much love, they are getting treasured on Etsy almost daily at the moment! Sadly i only have a limited amount left so soon they will be NO more as the manufacturers are no longer making them…. :( ! http://app.bronto.com/public/?q=preview_message&fn=Link&t=1&ssid=12675&id=1kg5fdo3gmo6me5upy91x952amkqc&id2=l6zfr1i4z2eg5xb6fhdv9bty9ut88&subscriber_id=bjjjqsnzpawhamuqjiwggvhrfvcdbfc&messageversion_id=blrhupuymjbrdceyigdwvhwpgordbja&delivery_id=alusmxzsbpvpbcnysueyvalritdybcp&tid=3.MYM.AWHBLg.AfcT.D23w..RbY_.s.Fxg.l.Eg.a.T0AtcA.T0A97A.fO-B_w
DONATED Pearls & Swine:
Donated some nipple pasties and collar to a lovely London charity night organized by Natalie Booth from series two of Take Me Out:
Read this blog to find out more! :)
It’s on 16th March! Go and support Cancer Research, Natalie is also running a marathon!!! O_O This is for her friend who passed away.
Well, this is a bit exciting and the pictures are stunning so i had to share! The world famous Pacha girls were styled by the lovely Alexandra Houston Carroll for whom the Pearls & Swine Giant Cherries were totally perfect for! Pacha’s immediately recognizable logo being the double cherries…. so here are the lovely ladies :)
I’ve been super busy so far this year! I have my Pearls & Swine mojo back in a BIG way and i am feeling very inspired and excited for the future. of Pearls & Swine. 2012 is shaping up to be the most exciting year as i finally feel i have total control, goals and direction.
Pearls & Swine has several fascinator ranges coming up which i am extremely excited about (including new crowns, vintage inspired fascinators, bridal hair accessories and more!)
Lots of amazing photographers keen to shoot Pearls & Swine, brides from around the world commissioning Pearls & Swine fascinators, here are 2 bridal accessories i recently made for 2 bubbly brides:
Burlesque performers commissioning Pearls & Swine’s burlesque range: Temptress of Waikiki nipple pasties, i am currently working on some stunning crystal 3D roses. Here is some of the new materials that Temptress of Wakiki in stock, this year i intend to crack the shooting of nipple pasties in a non burlesque way as i firmly believe that nipple pasties can and should be worn by all!
You can see more of the Temptress of Waikiki range here, though remember bespoke orders are most welcome: http://temptressofwaikiki.bigcartel.com/
Photos coming in from shoots i have lent work to, i am uploading images almost daily on the Pearls & Swine Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PearlsandSwine
Amazing image featuring the Pearls & Swine mirror ball fascinator from Photographer: Juul de Vries, Model: Rosalie Engelgeer, Make up: Susanna Tadjab, Styling: Vivian Kramer, Slightly-Sarcastic
I have just done my 1st wedding fair ever, run by the lovely people at http://www.vintage-wedding-fair.co.uk/ who’s 2nd Vintage Wedding Fair i will be selling at on the 31st March in London. Here is my stall, always the most colourful (and my glam assistant Helen who made everyone eat sweeties and try on hats)
I am about to do an Alt/burlesque/fetish fair in Manchester on the 25th Feb 2012 (i haven’t done fairs in years but this year i hope to do at least one a month), i am learning so much right now that i am working in my sleep!
I had a lovely blog done on Pearls & Swine by these kind people which was a nice surprise: http://www.thetrendygirl.net/2012/01/la-mode-burlesque-pearls-swine.html
I have set up a mailing list and sent out my 1st mail out, i have decided to do fun tutorials and offer £100 worth of Pearls & Swine goodies to those who join my mailing list: http://pearlsandswine.bigcartel.com/sign-up-to-our-mailing-list
I have just helped my partner Trafford Parson’s do some graffiti in Manchester:
Check out more of our efforts here: https://www.facebook.com/TraffordParsons. He has been commissioned to do a whole street of shutters on one of the coolest streets of Manchester, which is great!
My beloved Joe Black did a fab painting inspired by one of my Pearls & Swine crown images (taken by Diana Thompson of Fashion Loves Photos). He is now taking commissions! Check his site: http://www.misterjoeblack.com/
And that is just about all the Pearls & Swine related news i have in my head right now…..
Happy Valentines! Bink x
Interview: Bink from Pearls & Swine
I’m pleased to be able to bring you another interview from an inspirational lady. Pearls & Swine produce dramatic, vintage inspired accessories such as fascinators, eye patches and hats. Popular amongst the cabaret and burlesque scene, Bink has created a brand that is fun, original and beautiful. I’ve asked Bink to reveal more about her fabulous work.
How did Pearls & Swine begin? Why?
Pearls & Swine evolved through my love of going clubbing and dressing up. I spent every spare moment planning my outfits and creating things to wear. And then over a few years I decided to try selling what i made, people seemed to like it. I didn’t just jump in, I had a couple business names that I worked under until I found the right name for my business, the name which summed me up. I have learnt my craft by just doing it, I get a bee in my bonnet (so to speak) and then i set about bringing the vague idea into reality….
You have a distinct look, but where do you get your inspiration from?
I was exposed to lots of old Hollywood movies as a child, i loved the glamour, the pretty ladies and what they wore! I wanted to be a fabulous salon girl when I grew up…. I think this seed grew into what you see now. My inspiration comes from so many sources that it would be hard to pin point any one thing, it’s a huge mixing pot of bright colours that clash, glitter, film, music, pretty things, creepy things, passion, allowing myself the freedom to create and from each creation comes the next idea. I am slowly but surely changing in my tastes and am surprised to find myself drawn to more subtle colours, lace and increasingly detailed work.
Who are your style icons & why?
My style icons aren’t celebrities, they are my friends, or people who walk down the street wearing something that draws attention to them, drag queens, plus sized ladies who don’t hide in the shadows, people with total confidence! These are the people who make me think and feel, they inspire me to believe in a world beyond the normal, ordinary and the dull! I believe that everybody can be a style icon.
What are your current favourite Pearls & Swine pieces?
My favourite Pearls & Swine creation is generally the item i am creating, once it is made (or expressed as a reality) i am smitten with the next idea that is wanting to be created. I get lots of strange requests and commissions which I adore! The stranger and more elaborate the better! I have made many accessories for brides who want something different, I suspect it’s hard to be outdone at your own wedding if you turn up in a Pearls & Swine accessory! The Giant Cherries Alice Band Fascinator has captured the imagination of many people and my half masks are still something I love to make as they are different from what everyone else is making. I do take pride in creating high quality work which is original, quirky and unique.
What are does the future hold for your brand? Hopes & Dreams?
I think my dreams are quite simple and small, i just want to keep growing slowly. I think i am on a quest, like all creatives i am looking for the Holy Grail of Perfection! As humans we strive for more and better, i think the journey is the exciting bit. I do LOVE creating one off pieces best so in an ideal world i would love to just do bespoke, i have a vast range of accessories which i have made over the past few years, my catalogue is far bigger than i know what do with, my range starts from the head and ends at the foot so that has given me lots of different areas to cover! I hope to collaborate more with high fashion photographers, quirky clothing designers and stylists who want to decorate their shoots with Pearls & Swine.
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